April 2018 Wrap-Up

Another month is over, so time for the wrap-up post! I read fewer books than last month, but that isn’t very surprising: my March stats were really an exception to the rule, and not the rule itself.

I already posted this month’s State of the ARC earlier – I was thinking of combining these two posts, but it would have been too long, so have them separately.

39887360April was also when we held Rainbow Week here in Szeged, the city where I live – a week with plenty of queer events around town, including a book release, a living library (an event where a “book” is a living, marginalised person who tells you about their life), a concert and others. I am lucky to live in a city with a relatively active LGBTQ+ organisation and events, because unfortunately these are still rare in Hungary. Now I just wish we had more events centering asexual and nonbinary people, but unfortunately there seems to be little interest or knowledge of these identities outside the capital.

Huh! After that short real-life detour, let’s get back to the books πŸ™‚ Page numbers are difficult sometimes when Goodreads doesn’t list them, because the app I use to read them doesn’t show it properly either…

Books read this month:

Non-review posts on the blog:

Bonus: Some cool articles and lists by other people I found this month that you should check out!

Total number of books read in April: 9
Total number of pages read in April: 1,663 (this number is super inaccurate because there are two books where I don’t know the page numbers, so my actual reading is a little above 2000 pages if I assume both were around ~240)

Books read for Around the Year in 52 Books challenge: 2 this month (31 total)
Books read for Lesbian Book Bingo: 1 this month (12 total)

Current number of “owned and unread” books: 396 (March: 380) — How does this number just keep reading?!

As you can see, I haven’t read as many books this month as I usually do (I read 15 and 14 in January and February), but I posted several book tags instead.

I hope you enjoyed the month of April, and if you’re here, please leave a comment telling me your favourite thing about spring! Or if you don’t like spring, then something about your favourite season πŸ˜‰ Mine is the scent of flowers everywhere when you walk outside.

~ Alexa

Readathon/Bingo · Wrap-up

#IndieAthon and March 2018 Wrap-up

This month was IndieAthon hosted by Lia, which was an amazing idea and which, frankly, made me read a scary amount of books. Sure, many of them were poetry collections or novellas, but wow. Trust me, I’m as astonished as you are. (In all honesty, I did little else but read this month – that’s the privilege of having no school, no work, and no social life for you.)

If you remember, I had a TBR for this challenge… which I ended up not really following. In fact, only 13Β of the 25 books I read for the challenge were in my original plan.


Read for the IndieAthon bingo:

  • Villains Don’t Date Heroes! by Mia Archer: 309 pages (#IndieAthon square: First in a series) 🌟🌟
  • Caroline’s Heart by Austin Chant: 96 pages (#IndieAthon square: Recommended to you) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • But Not Up Here by RoAnna Sylver: 28 pages (#IndieAthon square: Genre you don’t read often) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Damsel to the RescueΒ byΒ Kaia SΓΈnderby: 337 pages (#IndieAthon square: <100 adds on Goodreads) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Testing Pandora byΒ Kaia SΓΈnderby: 166 pages (#IndieAthon square: Person on cover) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee: 296 pages (#IndieAthon square: POC MC) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • nejma by Nayyirah Waheed: 180 pages (#IndieAthon square: 1-word title) 🌟🌟🌟
  • Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner: 375 pages (#IndieAthon square: Your initials) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Stake Sauce, Arc 1 by RoAnna Sylver: 193 pages (#IndieAthon square: Mental health) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • salt by Nayyirah Waheed: 259 pages (#IndieAthon square: 5+ years old) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Cheerleaders from Planet X by Lyssa Chiavari: 272 pages (#IndieAthon square: Cover love) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • ARC: It’s Not a Date by Heather Blackmore: 273 pages (#IndieAthon square: New release) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction edited by Bogi TakΓ‘cs: 239 pages (#IndieAthon square: Free space) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Queerly Loving: Volume 1 edited by G. Benson and Astrid Ohletz: 154 pages (#IndieAthon square: LGBTQAI+) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • ARC: Lost Boy, Found Boy by Jenn Polish: ~83 pagesΒ (#IndieAthon square: Never heard of) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • The Traitor’s Tunnel by C.M. Spivey: 110 pages (#IndieAthon square: Backlist) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Ripped Pages by M. Hollis: 60 pages (#IndieAthon square: Retelling) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • The White Renegade by Claudie Arseneault: 100 pages (#IndieAthon square: Red cover) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Major Arcana by RoAnna Sylver: 39 pages (#IndieAthon square: Magical) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Smoke Signals by Meredith Katz: 83 pages (#IndieAthon square: <200 pages) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things by Martina McAtee: 510 pages (#IndieAthon square: >500 pages) 🌟🌟🌟
  • ARC: Flotsam by R.J. Theodore: 324 pages (#IndieAthon square: Free) 🌟🌟🌟
  • Heaven or This by Topaz Winters: 28 pages (#IndieAthon square: Reread) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Failure to Communicate by Kaia SΓΈnderby: 320 pages (#IndieAthon square: #ownvoices) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Semicolon; by McKayla Debonis: 70 pages (#IndieAthon square: Poetry) 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Everything else read:

  • ARC: Queerly Loving: Volume 2 edited by G. Benson and Astrid Ohletz: 159 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • ARC: The Radical Element edited by Jessica Spotswood: 320 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Seven Years Among Dragons by Lyssa Chiavari: 36 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • ARC: Dracula: Rise of the Beast edited by David Thomas Moore: 381 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni: 64 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

35671549Total number of books* read in March: 30 (February: 14)
Total number of pages* read in March: 5781 (February: 2654)

*including poetry collections, short stories, novellas and graphic novels.

Books read for Around the Year in 52 books: 12 this month (29 total)
Books read for Lesbian Book Bingo: 4 this month (11 total)

Current number of “owned-and-unread” books: 380 (February: 345)

(You can find all my reviews on my Goodreads page as well, including “reviews” that are only a few sentences and too short to be posted on this blog. Feel free to add me as a friend!)


So… that’s everything I read! I included page numbers so you don’t think all of them were full-length novels (although I don’t have a proper page number for Lost Boy, Found Boy, so I gave an estimate and didn’t include it in the page total). Also, nejma and salt are both poetry collections, so take the page number with a grain of salt, since most of the pages only had a couple of lines or even just one word on them.

Still, I’d say this was a pretty impressive month, and most of it is thanks to IndieAthon and my determination to finish the damn bingo sheet.

Also… I read 30 books this month, and YET acquired 35 new books?! … I’ll never get rid of my TBR at this rate.

Lastly, let me recommend some indie books that I wanted to read this month but couldn’t fit into the schedule:

  • Empath by S. Usher Evans
  • Sea Foam and Silence by Lynn E. O’Connacht
  • City of Strife + City of Betrayal by Claudie Arseneault
  • Viral Airwaves by Claudie Arseneault
  • No More Heroes by Michelle Kan
  • Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth
  • Anything published by the Kraken Collective

Do you often read indie or self-published books? Did you read any this month? Tell me about them!

~ Alexa